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Word of the Year – 2015 Edition

It’s that time of year again where many of us make resolutions – few of them are kept through January – and we promise “we’ll do better this year.”  Well I’ve thought about it, and realized that to help me improve this year, I could use a “Word of the Year.”  It’s something that can become a touchstone when things are going awry, something to use as a mantra and something to help improve myself in 2015; ultimately something to help make me a better person.

Finding just the right word was not easy – I’m not sure picking a “Word of the Year” should be if we’re being honest and our intention is to truly push ourselves in a different/better way.

Before I go on, for those of you not familiar with Word of the Year here’s a quick “definition”:
A Word of the Year (WOTY) is a word that someone chooses to help embody how she/he want to live their next 365 days.
I use it when I need to reset my direction, reassure myself that I am going in the right direction, and help keep me on a path that I can be proud of.

 This year I’ve chosen:

Trust Image



Many cautioned me about picking this word. It’s something that is hard to earn, and even harder to get back once it’s been damaged. I’ve found that I could use a little more trust – both personally and professionally.  To be successful with my selection, I’m putting myself out here and being candid about how I want to use this word this year and how I can improve. I’m hoping that doing so will lead to success.
These are 3 things I’m aiming for with this Word of the Year:


  • I’d like to Trust that everything will work out.  Almost a “I trust that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment” idea. There are times where I can lose my way (we all can), and going back to this mantra and belief I hope will prove to be helpful.  I know that things don’t always work out they way we expect them to, or at times the way I want them to. I need to increase my trust that no matter what, things that happen are part of a larger plan, and bigger and better things can happen from the unexpected.


  • I’d like to Trust that those I work with are accountable for their contribution.  We’ve all had times where we’ve taken ownership/responsibility for things that we did not have a true hand in the outcome. (e.g., I say/think it’s my fault – even when there is not way I could have affected the outcome.)  I also know that when I am a project manager, I am ultimately responsible for the delivery of a project, but that each individual team member also has to take ownership for their piece of the project.  While still providing top-notch customer service, I’d like to let go a little more and come in with the trust that a new team will deliver what’s needed, and on time. If she/he doesn’t, I know it’s my responsibility to help reset expectations, motivate the group, and assist in getting it back on track. The part that she/he needs to deliver is owned by her/him and I will work to increase my trust that they will get it done, and that I can only own only what I can own.


  • I’d like to be open and start with Trust when meeting new people.  I am not being naïve here, but I’ve been thinking about being more “open” when meeting those I do not know. Think of how many wonderful people we may come across who could enrich our lives, or share a perspective we did not think about if we only gave them a chance. (The latter something I try to do with The Appreciation Factor.)  I’d like to improve how open and trusting I am when it comes to meeting strangers.   No I will NOT give them all of my money, share passwords, or even my home address after meeting them for five minutes, but I will work on being more open and trusting of their intentions of wanting to meet new people, share an idea, or become a friend or trusted colleague.  Who knows how or what role she/he may play in my future happiness or career goals.


I hope that I will report back to you in December on how I made out with this year’s Word of the Year.  The idea of trust is a leap of faith in some ways, and I think it’s always something that we can improve upon, or strive to have more of in our lives.


Do you have a Word of the Year or have you had one in the past?
What results did you find in identifying one in the new year? Did you find it motivating, or a touchstone?
What do you think of my WOTY choice?
Send your feedback or comments.



Word of the Year 2013

This will be a slight departure from my usual posts that focus on appreciation I know, but candidly, I was so inspired by a post I saw on The Lettered Cottage, that I couldn’t shake it from my thoughts when I was trying to decide what to publish next.  Plus the more I kept going back to their blog, the more inspired I became to take this “challenge” on.

I’ve decided to select my own “Word-of-the-Year”

Per the Lettered Cottage, the objective of “Word-of-the-Year” is to choose one word that has the potential to inspire you and create intention in your life.  Whenever you think about that word, it should reinvigorate you and get you back on track if you’ve strayed from a goal that you may have set.


I’ve been thinking long and hard about what word would be best suited to me for the coming year.  While I’ve frequently set annual goals vs. resolutions, I’ve rarely thought of a word that would sum a year up, or in this case, kick it off.  I’m thinking of this “word” as more as a mantra; a word that I can refer back to when I need to pump myself up or to call upon as a reminder than there is always a next step or hope.

My word for 2013 is:


I know it goes against Yoda who said, ” Do or not do.  There is no try,” but this works for me.

I think at times we get stuck and only think about all of the negatives and reasons why we cannot do something.  If in 2013 I can focus on “try” then I can say, “I have nothing to lose if I simply try.  At least I will have made an effort, as who knows what the outcome will be?” So going forward, I’ll continue to “try” to do my best; “try” to see if there is another solution or another person who can assist; “try” again if I have fallen down or temporarily failed; and “try” to find small things to appreciate and cheer me up when things look bleak.

Let me know what you think….

Inspired?  What to participate but need some “word” ideas?  The Lettered Cottage had a follow-up to their initial “Word-of-the-Year” post — a “link-up” party where others posted their “words.”  You can check it out here.